WBA World Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman claims that not stopping Shawn Porter last June has made him even more determined to earn a knockout against Danny Garcia.
Ahead of their mouth-watering March 4th unification bout live on BoxNation, the pair squared off at a press conference on Wednesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Speaking to journalists after the heated presser had ended, Thurman revealed: “My head is geared up for at least creating that knockdown and giving Danny Garcia something that he’s never experienced before.
“With these titles, our careers, reputations and legacy all on the line - of course I would love to get a spectacular KO victory!”
‘One Time’ was unable to record a stoppage against Porter, which has meant adjusting his training slightly for the Garcia bout.
“After that fight, knowing how many times I did hurt my opponent and not getting the knockout, the preparation for this camp is a little different,” explained Thurman. “We’re digging harder, we’re more hungry and more knockout focused.”
Commenting on the trash talk by Danny’s father Angel, which included racial slurs, the 28-year-old added: “There’s a part of me who enjoys it. That stuff doesn’t faze me, but to a degree it’s a form of ignorance and unnecessary. I think Angel just wants to stir up the other opponent as much as he can.”
Thurman believes his career has been leading up to this fight. While he recognises that Garcia is a formidable foe, he is confident of becoming unified Welterweight Champion and is determined not to let the opportunity slip away.
“This has been a 20 year progression. This is my 21st year as a boxer and I’ve grown a lot from the amateurs in to the pros. I’m living the dream.”
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